Knowledge Notebook: Big Data—The Latest Organizational Idea-Movement

Knowledge Notebook: Big Data—The Latest Organizational Idea-Movement

By Laurence Prusak   Since the Second World War, something like forty-five major idea-movements have swept through both public and private organizations. They include early time-and-motion studies, the quality movement, reengineering, human potential, and many, many others. Some of these movements promulgate genuinely new ideas; some recycle old approaches under new names. I am quite […]

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The Knowledge Notebook: The Folly of Technological Solutionism

By Laurence Prusak   A few decades ago a Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher, Ithiel de Sola Pool, put out a book called Predicting the Telephone.

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The Knowledge Notebook: Saying the F Word

The Knowledge Notebook: Saying the F Word

By Laurence Prusak I’d like to talk about an F word that is probably heard less in most organizations than that other F word—the one you thought I meant. The F word I have in mind is “failure.”

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The Knowledge Notebook: Where Is the Knowledge at NASA?

The Knowledge Notebook: Where Is the Knowledge at NASA?

By Laurence Prusak Imagine if the Curiosity rover found evidence of life on Mars—not fossil microorganisms, but a live, English-speaking Martian.

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The Knowledge Notebook: The Real Value of Knowledge

The Knowledge Notebook: The Real Value of Knowledge

By Laurence Prusak   The question I most often hear when I speak to people about how to work with knowledge is some variation of “How can we measure the value of knowledge activities or projects?

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The Knowledge Notebook: The Greeks Had Many Words for It

The Knowledge Notebook: The Greeks Had Many Words for It

By Laurence Prusak At the end of February, the Office of the Chief Engineer at NASA convened a meeting at Kennedy Space Center to discuss a variety of practices and policy issues regarding knowledge management at the agency.

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The Knowledge Notebook: Networks and Success

The Knowledge Notebook: Networks and Success

By Laurence Prusak Every once in a while, some U.S. or other government agency or a nongovernmental organization issues a report that is actually very useful and—dare I say it—even startling in its implications.

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The Knowledge Notebook: Indicators

The Knowledge Notebook: Indicators

By Laurence Prusak How do you evaluate a situation quickly—in seconds or minutes? Do you think it through systematically, evaluating the evidence at hand, weighing all the inputs and coming to a coherent and cohesive conclusion?

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